Hosogaya-yakata was the fortified medieval residence of the Hosogaya Clan from the Kamakura Period into the Sengoku Period. The area enclosed by karabori was about 50m². The karabori was about 6m wide and the main enclosure was accessed via a dobashi. Dorui (earthen ramparts) on the inside of the moat further fortified the manor hall. The descendants of the Hosogaya still live within the old moat today!
I was pleasantly surprised to find at the ruins of this fortified manor hall extensive remains in the form of a deep karabori (dry moat), going around much of the former bailey. Toward the back the moat has been filled in, so it doesn't go completely all the way around unfortunately. The front portion has a dobashi (earthen bridge). Having expected very little, I was quite chuffed at this. Unmistakably feudal lords lived here.
|English Name||Hosogaya Yakata|
|Year Founded||Kamakura Period|
|Castle Type||Fortified Manor|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Dorui, Karabori, Dobashi|
|Access||Hakuyachō Station on the Ôito Line; 20 minute walk|
|Visitor Information||Private Property|
|Time Required||20 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 19' 7.07" N, 137° 54' 5.94" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2021|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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